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Native NameChodpau
Object Number: 49-24-1
Current Location: Collections storage
Culture:Tibetan
Tibetan Buddhist
Provenience: Tibet
Ladakh
Date Made: 19th Century
Early Date: 1949
Late Date: 1949
Section:Asian
Materials:Leather
Pigment
Technique:Painted
Iconography:Dhyani Buddhas
Akshobhya Buddha
Amitabha Buddha
Vairochana Buddha
Ratna Sambhava Buddha
Amoghasiddhi Buddha
Horse
Lion
Elephant
Peacock
kinnara
Jewel
Wheel
Thunderbolt
Lotus
Credit Line:Gift of Schuyler V. R. Cammann, 1949

Description

Chodpau, ritual crown. Five panels of leather painted with representations of Buddhas. This five-peaked crown is worn by lamas during ceremonies as the Yamataka (Conqueror of Death), a ceremony which exorcised the human emotions of anger, avarice, lust, and envy. This particular crown is painted with a representation of the Five Dhyani Buddhas, a theme common to esoteric Buddhism. Left to right are Ratna Sambhava, south, horse, holy jewel; Vairocana, center, lion, wheel; Akshoby, east, elephant, thunderbolt; Amitabha, west, peacock, lotus; and Amoghasiddha, north Kinnara (man-bird), double thunderbolt. Each with their associated symbols, some of which have been lost elsewhere. Very old and very rare, but in bad condition.


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